Balancing between Human
Rights and Security
A while ago I expressed my
concern over Muslims holding sensitive jobs in Western countries.
Peculiar to these jobs is the dangerous predicament they present to
the world, as they afford those who work in them the means and
opportunity, should they choose to do so, to either commit themselves or
to help bring about acts of terror. Jobs that well fit this description
include pilot, soldier as well as those which involve working in places
such as water reservoirs or in labs, environments where they may have
access to potentially deadly bacteria. These are just a few of many such
jobs. Why this is an issue
that has become so urgent for the world and therefore must now be
addressed is due to the daunting reality that Islam presents, as it is
embodied by those Muslims throughout the world who follow and practice it.
Here it must be said, Islam is unique among the world’s major
religions for the clear and inescapable fact that it scripturally teaches
and actively condones hatred for all non-believers, known as the
“infidels”, regardless of their station, while it adamantly implores
Muslims to fight them, even kill them at every opportunity, and to not
cease in doing so until those remaining have submitted and the world has
become dar al Islam, or part of the body politic that is forever comprised
of Islamic and only Islamic nations who by their God-given mandate must
rule over all others. This is
its ethic. This is its avowed goal. And
this is what is happening throughout the world, in both developing and
Islam aside, it must be
conceded that not all Muslims are likely to take these Quranic verses
seriously or to heart and then act accordingly.
In my own case, most of my relatives and friends are Muslims and
none of them is a terrorist. However,
there are Muslims that, given the proper inducement and clear opportunity,
would gladly do so. Therein
lies the dilemma and the challenge. While individuals may be innocent,
Islam is not, because in the end it is individuals who follow Islam, and
not the other way around.
Islamic terrorism has a long
history. In the 11th century Hassan Sabbah, the founder of the present
Ismaeli sect, created an Order of Assassins that terrorized the Middle
East from India to Egypt for 200 years and took the lives of hundreds of
politicians, statesmen and men of prominence. The would-be terrorists were
drugged with hashish and then were taken to a secret garden filled with
luxuries and beautiful young girls. They were told that they have seen a
glimpse of paradise and they could return if they assassinate an opponent
of the sect. These young men became fearless. They would follow their
orders and murder their designated victim valiantly. But they would not
leave the scene of the murder. They would stay to be caught and faced
their own death with a smile, hoping that they would be reunited with
those girls they met when they were under the narcotic influence. In fact,
the word assassin is the English version of the Arabic word hashashin, which
means users of hashish.
Amazingly, this fanaticism
and defying of death by these young men impressed the general population,
filling them with awe. The fanaticism of these devotees who called
themselves fedai (men of sacrifice) was viewed as a demonstration of the
strength and the truth of their faith.
Never were these terrorists condemned in any way. Instead they
received the admiration, even adulation of millions. Foolhardy young men
yearned to enter into the Order and become a fedai, murdering someone, and
then later be executed.
Today Muslim terrorists
still call themselves fedai, while they happily face their own death,
fearlessly offering themselves only to kill others. Amazingly, just as
before, there is little or no condemnation for their dastardly acts among
the general Muslim population. Just as Hassan Sabbah would reward the
families of his assassins handsomely, the families of the terrorists today
likewise receive gifts and support from their fellow Muslims, while
themselves are hailed as heroes and lauded as role models for young
Muslims to emulate.
There are many among Muslims
who are filled with this Quranic-inspired hate who willingly, even
cheerfully commit violence and acts of terror. Islam is rampant with this
hatred and is sustained by it. Everywhere Islam exists you will find such
hatred, in its literature, mosques, and in its media.
Often the only source quoted comes directly from the Quran,
Islam’s holy book. It is through this multiplicity of available sources of
hatred throughout Muslim culture and society that Muslim youth who attend
Islamic centers and mosques are inculcated, through their religious
instruction to despise and hate their host, non-Muslim countries. It is for this
reason that some will sometimes act on this hatred, bringing death and
violence, leaving behind a trail of devastation.
It is this inherent violence
in the holy text of Islam that makes it imperative for then non-Muslim
nations hosting Muslims, to find a balance between the respect for human
rights and their own security. How much risk are we willing to take, and
what price are we prepared to pay to uphold the standards of the Human
We are facing a religion
that has openly declared war on the rest of humanity.
This declaration of war is not something new. Its origins can be
found in the Quran. This war against the humanity was declared by
Muhammad, the founder of Islam, some 1400 years ago, and barring some
periods of ceasefire when Muslims were weak and could not sustain it; this
war has really never ended. The declared objective of this war is to make
Islam the dominant religion of he world and subdue and eliminate all other
religions. The Quran leaves little doubt as to what is its ultimate goal:
them on until there is no more tumult and religion becomes that of
Allah” Q. 2:193
This call to fight, or Jihad
as Muhammad referred to it, over the centuries has claimed millions of
lives in Arabia, Persia, India and in Europe. In India alone over 80
million people, most of whom non-combatant civilians, were massacred by
invading Muslim warriors. The
historian Will Durant in The Story of Civilization writes:
"The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in
history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that
civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex order and freedom
can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without and
multiplying from within.”
Today, Islamic militancy,
with its newfound oil wealth, is resurgent throughout the globe. With its
billions in aid, the jihad has been reaffirmed, and mobilized throughout
the world. Muslim warriors are ready to take their flight to paradise and
meet their celestial damsels as were promised in the Quran, by killing and
being killed. The question is how do you know, how can you tell the
terrorist from the peaceful Muslim?
The model for Islamic
terrorism emanates from its founder.
There are numerous stories in the Quran that recount the
Prophet’s many acts of cruelty. For
instance, if he did not favor someone, he would ask his followers to get
rid of that person. They would then vie against each other to see who
would do the job and could then please their master. One of Muhammad's early
victims was a 120-year-old Jewish man who became upset when the Prophet killed a man of his tribe.
In a satire he cursed those who followed Muhammad so blindly. Upon hearing
this, the Prophet was filled with rage. Read the rest of the story
from The Sirat Rasul Allah (The Life Of The Prophet Of God), By Ibn Ishaq
(1), Page 675:
The apostle said,
"Who will deal with this rascal for me?" Whereupon Salim b.
Umayr, brother of B. Amr b. Auf, one of the "weepers", went
forth and killed him.”
And the Kitab Al Tabaqat Al
Kabir (Book Of The Major Classes), Volume 2, By Ibn Sa'd, (2), Page 32
Abu Afak, was from
Banu Amr Ibn Awf, and was an old man who had attained the age of one
hundred and twenty years. He was a Jew, and used to instigate the people
against the Apostle of Allah, and composed (satirical) verses [about
Salim Ibn Umayr who
was one of the great weepers [Muslims consider weeping as an act of piety]
and who had participated in Badr [one of the raids of Muhammad against a
merchant caravan], said, "I take a vow that I shall either kill Abu
Afak or die before him. He waited for an opportunity until a hot night
came, and Abu Afak slept in an open place. Salim Ibn Umayr knew it, so he
placed the sword on his liver and pressed it till it reached his bed. The
enemy of Allah screamed and the people who were his followers, rushed to
him, took him to his house and interred him”.
When the news of the
assassination of this old man reached Asma bint Marwan, a poetess and a
mother of five small children, she was so outraged that composed a poem
expressing her rage for the Arabs and the Jews of Medina who would let a foreigner
(from Mecca) murder an old man of their own and do nothing about it. Let
us read the rest of the story from Sirat Rasul Allah (A. Guilaume's
translation "The Life of Muhammad") page 675, 676.
“When the apostle heard
what she had said he said, "Who will rid me of Marwan's
daughter?" `Umayr b. `Adiy al-Khatmi who was with him heard him, and
that very night he went to her house and killed her. In the morning he
came to the apostle and told him what he had done and he [Muhammad] said,
"You have helped God and His apostle, O `Umayr!" When he asked
if he would have to bear any evil consequences the apostle said, "Two
goats won't butt their heads about her", so `Umayr went back to his
There are many who were
eliminated in this way by the Prophet of Allah. Terror and assassination
of the opponents of Islam is not new.
Today the Islamic terrorists are carrying out the prescribed Jihad and
are hearkening to verses such as this:
“Lo, Allah has
bought from the believers their lives and their wealth because the Garden
will be theirs: they shall fight in the way of Allah and shall slay and be
slain. It is a promise which is binding on him in the Torah and the Gospel
and the Qur'an. Who fulfills His covenant better than Allah? Rejoice then
in your bargain that you have made, for that is the supreme triumph” (Q.
Of course this mandate to
slay and be slain is not found in the Torah and the Gospel. Muhammad’s
knowledge about these books was rudimentary. By linking himself to Moses
and Jesus he pretended continuity in order to gain credibility, in the
eyes of the Arabs who themselves were generally ignorant of these books. .
Though it must be pointed
out that not every Muslim knows these facts about Islam and they are
generally unaware that Quran calls for murder and Muhammad killed many
innocent people treacherously, many of them do know and despite that still
believe in Islam. It is this group that we have to fear.
Muslim apologists try to
whitewash Islamic terrorism and claim it as just an act of desperation by
misguided youth driven by poverty and lack of hope. However, many of the
terrorists come from middleclass to well-to-do families. The suicide
bombers of 9/11 were not poor. How can we explain the suicide bombing of
Omar Khan Sharif and Asif Mohammed Hanif who were British citizens,
educated in England and had all the opportunities and privileges of living
in a wealthy, western nation? What would make these two young men become suicide bombers in
Israel and take part in a war that is not theirs?
The fact is that this
terrorism is not over politics (unless Islam is seen as politics). It is
not economical, nor racial, nor territorial. This is a religious war, as
seen through the eyes of Muslims. Muslims fight amongst each other and
kill one another. Yet vis-à-vis the non-Muslims they have a sense of
oneness and unity that is called Ummah. Most Muslims are aware that Saddam
Hussein was a murderer who had killed thousands of innocent people, that
he had gassed children and women without mercy. So they would have loved
to see him go, but not at the hands of an infidel country such as America.
In their minds, despite all his vices, Saddam is a Muslim brother, and
that fact alone cannot be ignored. If a Muslim is subdued by a non-Muslim,
the honor of all the Ummah is lacerated. Therefore it is the duty of all
Muslims to seek revenge. Muslim’s loyalty is first with the Ummah.
When Bangladesh got its
independence after the Pakistanis massacred up to three million of them,
India came to their assistance and Israel was the first country that
recognized Bangladesh’s independence. All the Muslim countries supported
Pakistan and remained silent when Yahya, Khan, the dictator of Pakistan,
was butchering the Bangladeshis. Despite this the Bangladeshi Muslims
would not hesitate to take the side of the Arabs and the Ummah in any
conflict that they may have with Israel, or to take side of Pakistan in
any dispute with India. Israelis have never made war against Iran and no
Iranian blood was ever spilt by Israel. Despite that the Iranian Muslims
do not falter to take the side of the Palestinians and fund their
terrorist activities despite the fact that the Palestinians have been
cheek to cheek with Saddam, a man who attacked Iran and murdered more than
half a million of Iranians. Muslims may call one another heretics and may
slit each other’s throat over beliefs, yet they are united in their hatred of the
non-Muslims. This hatred of others is the binding force of the Ummah.
Only by understanding the
psychology of the concept of Ummah, with all its inherent tribal and pack
mentality, can we begin to understand how it is that an American Muslim
could travel to Afghanistan and fight alongside other Muslims and against
his own country. Only by understanding Ummah can we understand what
motivated two British citizens of Pakistani origin to travel to Israel to
murder Israeli civilians by blowing themselves up. It is only by
understanding Ummah that we can see why Muslims did not uniformly and
overwhelming condemn the terrorist attacks of 9/11 immediately afterwards
and when they even did so, did so only in a reserved manner, while still
managing to cite America and her foreign policies as the ultimate
culprit. Muslims can never forgive America for not letting them wipe out
the Israel. Muslims will stand
together, without any question, in support of each other even though they
may be mortal enemies. Muslim brotherhood and unity is achieved only
through the hatred of non-Muslims. Otherwise Muslims are no brothers to
each other and in fact there has been much bloodshed and wars amongst the
Muslims since the death of Muhammad.
Many westerners are starting
to question the loyalty of the Muslims among them and some even see them
as the fifth column. It is troubling to see that the good will and the
tolerance of the Westerners is gradually waning and sings of hostility is
showing up. The violent teachings in the Quran are directly to be blamed.
They are not helping in bridging this widening gap of distrust. In the
final analysis, it is up to the Muslims to take the initiative and build
the broken bridges and restore the trust. That means dealing with the
Quran and its call to violence. No matter how hard it may be, sooner or later
Muslims must question the Quran and its effect in their relationship with
the rest of the humanity.
Islamic terrorism cannot be
eliminated by daisy cutters, tanks and military might. Today Osama bin
Laden is irrelevant. Little more than figurehead, though a folk hero to
millions, he is just as easily replaceable. Muslim fighters do not need
his or anyone’s instruction to carry out their deadly pursuits. Anyone
can become a fedai or a Muslim warrior. Any Muslim can pack a case with explosives and
blow up buildings packed with people. The instruction comes from the Quran.
The latest bombings in
Riyadh and Morocco prove that despite billions of dollars spent in the
fight against terrorism, this war is far from over. Over the long term,
these wars may pull the nations targeted into economical disaster and
could even lead to a depression far worse than what occurred in the 1930s.
And even then the Islamic terrorism may not end. Therefore it is incumbent upon us, the free
people of the world to accept the fact that this is a religious war, and
the only way to combat it is to fight it on ideological grounds. It is naïf
to believe we can destroy the Islamic terrorism leaving Islam unscathed.
As long as Islam is believed to be a religion, terrorism will keep growing
and lives will be lost.
is clear that the Islamic terrorists are acting according to the teachings
of the Quran and are following the examples set by their Prophet and not because they misunderstand Islam or misinterpret the Quran.
The onus is now on the
Muslims. It is up to them to denounce Islam along with its violent
teachings and prove it to the world that they do not support a doctrine
that preaches terror. The onus is also on us to be alert to Islamic
propaganda, not to give in and do not allow the spread of a doctrine that
avows to take away our freedom.
have to learn that they cannot have it both ways. They cannot present
themselves as law-abiding, peaceful people and at the same time hold onto
a book that preaches the wanton killing of the non-Muslims as the word of
God. They cannot pretend to be for peace while at the same time defending
and promoting a religion of war. How credible is a neo-Nazi when he claims
to be for peace and equality of races?
It is these peaceful Muslims, who by their support of Islam are
unconsciously promoting its ideology of terror. If peaceful Muslims
denounce Islam and stop being apologetic about it, the foolhardy suicide
bombers will realize that the whole promise of heaven and the virgins is
false. It is the tacit support, the encouragement and admiration of these
peaceful Muslims that feeds the terrorists’ frenzy and validates their
zeal to kill and become martyrs.
predict that Muslims will find themselves more and more isolated. The rift
of distrust among Muslims and non-Muslims will continue to widen. Mutual
animosity will escalate. If something is not done, in the end, the big
losers will be the Muslims while no one would win. The time has come that Muslims come out of
their cocoons, take a hard look at their religion and understand that
Islam is not a religion but the hallucination and wild ranting of a mad
man. I am afraid there is no
other alternative. Truth and only truth will set us free.
1-Sirat Rasul Allah (The Life Of The Prophet Of God), By Ibn Ishaq
(1), Page 675: